Farmers make significant investments in proper job training to ensure that
risks to employee and animal health and safety are minimized. Programs such as PQA
Plus® and TQA® offer certification for farm workers, and
educational materials and programs cover virtually every aspect of pig farming.
Animal housing options have evolved as new research and technology have
emerged. These advancements have improved animal health, comfort and safety, which ultimately
increase the safety of the food supply.
Decisions about sow housing methods should be based primarily on sound science
and input from veterinary experts. Whether a farm uses group housing or individual stalls, most
experts agree that what matters most is the individual care given to each pig.
We are proud of the role we play in providing a safe supply of products for
consumers, and we work hard every day to uphold the reputation of our industry. As farmers or
pork producers, our mission is simple: produce safe, nutritious food in a responsible manner.
As farms have changed, the safety and quality of U.S. pork has improved. Across
all sectors of agriculture, the size of the typical farm in the U.S. has increased over the last
few generations. Technology and market demand have been the driving forces behind this shift.
Today, farmers are more knowledgeable and better equipped to manage farms.